Wildlife populations do not remain static, but change in size and composition over both time and space. The challenge for managers is to recognise when change in target populations exceeds acceptable limits and intervention is necessary. This unit of study develops skills in assessing population status and recognising differences between 'small populations' and 'declining populations'. It introduces methods used in population pattern analysis, demographic analysis, threat and resource assessment, and determination of health, emphasising the value of a coordinated and interdisciplinary approach to problem recognition and resolution. This course is taught in the Blue Mountains, the Royal National Park and the main campus of the University of Sydney.
Intensively taught unit. See the Wildlife Health and Population Management website for dates: (http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/wildlife_masters/program/index.shtml).
Assessments for each unit may include practical work, field studies, student presentations and written reports (100%)